Canal Irrigation


A canal is defined as an artificial channel
constructed on the ground to carry water from
a river or another canal or a reservoir to the

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Types of Canals

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Types of Canals

• Continuous source of water
Permanent supply.
Canal • Also called perennial canals

Inundation • Draws its supplies from a river
only during the high stages of
Canal the river.

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Note. Pranamesh Chakraborty . Feeder Canal • Feeds two or more canals. Navigation • Used for transport of goods. Canal • Used to carry water for Power Canal generation of hydroelectricity. Types of Canals (BASED ON FUNCTION) Irrigation • Carries water from its source to Canal agricultural fields. a canal can serve more than one purpose.

Types of Canals (BASED ON ALIGNMENT) Watershed Canal or Ridge Canal Contour Canal Side Slope Canal Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Watershed canal or Ridge canal Pranamesh Chakraborty .

which divides the drainage area of the two streams.Watershed canal or Ridge canal (Contd.  Thus between two major streams. there is the main watershed (ridge line).) The dividing ridge line between the catchment areas of two streams (drains) is called the watershed or ridge canal. Pranamesh Chakraborty .

 Since the drainage flows away from the ridge. Pranamesh Chakraborty . a canal aligned on the watershed saves the cost of construction of cross-drainage works.) The canal which is aligned along any natural watershed (ridge line) is called a watershed canal. Thus. Aligning a canal (main canal or branch canal or distributary) on the ridge ensures gravity irrigation on both sides of the canal.Watershed canal or Ridge canal (Contd. no drainage can cross a canal aligned on the ridge. or a ridge canal.

) Pranamesh Chakraborty .Watershed canal or Ridge canal (Contd.

Pranamesh Chakraborty . It therefore becomes virtually impossible to take the canal on top of such a higher ridge line. A contour canal irrigates only on one side because the area on the other side is higher. In fact. In such conditions. In hills. the ridge line (watershed) may be hundred of meters above the river. contour canals are usually constructed. Contour Canal Watershed canal along the ridge line are not found economical in hill areas. the river flows in the valley well below the watershed.

) Pranamesh Chakraborty .Contour Canal (Contd.

e. it usually does not intercept drainage channels. Pranamesh Chakraborty . i. It is a canal which is aligned roughly at right angle to contours of the country but not on watershed or valley. Since such a canal runs parallel to the natural drainage flow. Side Slope Canal A side slope canal is that which is aligned at right angles to the contours. along the side slopes. thus avoiding the construction of cross-drainage structures.

) Pranamesh Chakraborty .Side Slope Canal (Contd.

Types of Canals (BASED ON DISCHARGE) Main Canal Branch Canal Major Distributary Minor Distributary Water Course Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Usually no direct cultivation is proposed Pranamesh Chakraborty .MAIN CANAL Main Canal takes off directly from the upstream side of weir head works or dam.

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Acts as feeder channel for major distributaries Pranamesh Chakraborty . BRANCH CANAL All offtakes from main canal with head discharge of 14-15 cumecs and above are termed as branch canals.


25 to 15 cumecs are termed as major distributaries. MINOR DISTRIBUTARY  All offtakes taking off from a major distributary carrying discharge less than 0. MAJOR DISTRIBUTARY  All offtakes from main canal or branch canal with head discharge from 0.25 cumec are termed as minor distributaries WATER COURSE  Small channels which carry water from the outlets of a major or minor distributary or a branch canal to the fields to be irrigated. Pranamesh Chakraborty .

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etc.7 m/s are not Unlined tolerable. concrete. • Water velocities higher than 0. Canal brick or burnt clay tile.g. Types of Canals (Based on lining provided or not) • Bed and banks made up of natural soil. Pranamesh Chakraborty . • Lining of impervious material on its bed and banks to prevent the seepage of water. Lined • Different types of lining used e. • Profuse growth of aquatic weeds retards the flow . Canal • High seepage and conveyance water losses. boulder.



Cross-Section of Irrigation Canal Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Introduction FSL= Full Supply Level. Pranamesh Chakraborty . NSL=Natural Surface Level This section is partly in cutting and partly in filling and aims in balancing the quantity of earth work in excavation with that in filling.

Introduction When the NSL is above the top of the bank. Similarly. the entire canal section will have to be built in filling. and it is called ‘canal in filling’. when the NSL is lower than the bed level of the canal. and it shall be called ‘canal in cutting’. the entire canal section will have to be in cutting. Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Section  Side slope  Berm  Freeboard  Bank  Service road  Spoil Bank  Borrow Pit Pranamesh Chakraborty . Components of Cross.

depending upon the type of the soil. Side Slope The side slopes should be such that they are stable. as the soil in the former case shall be more stable. A comparatively steeper slope can be provided in cutting rather than in filling. Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Pranamesh Chakraborty . Berm Berm is the horizontal distance left at ground level between the toe of the bank and the top edge of cutting.

 They protect the banks from erosion due to wave action.) Purposes of Berms:  They give additional strength to the banks and provide protection against erosion and breaches.  They provide a scope for future widening of the canal. Berm (contd. Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Pranamesh Chakraborty . The amount of freeboard depends upon the discharge of the channel. Freeboard The margin between FSL and bank level is known as freeboard.

Bank The primary purpose of banks in to retain water. This can be used as means of communication and as inspection paths. Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Service Road Service roads are provided on canals for inspection purposes. are provided along the banks. Pranamesh Chakraborty . Dowla: As a measure of safety in driving.5: 1 to 2:1. dowlas with side slopes of 1. and may simultaneously serve as the means of communication in remote areas.

Pranamesh Chakraborty . Spoil Bank When the earthwork in excavation exceeds earthworks in filling. the extra earth has to be disposed of economically. Economical mode of its disposal may be collecting this soil on the edge of the bank embankment itself.

Types of losses of water in canals Loss of water in canal Evaporation Seepage Loss Loss Percolation Absorption Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Evaporation Loss The water lost by evaporation is generally very small. as compared to seepage loss. Evaporation Loss are generally 2-3% of total loss (max. 7% in summer) Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Seepage Loss Percolation: In percolation. there exist a zone of continuous saturation from canal to water table and direct flow is established. Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Loss of water depends on the difference of the top water surface level of channel and level of water-table. Seepage Loss Percolation: Almost all water lost from canal reaches ground water reservoir. .

A certain zone just above water table is saturated by capillarity. Seepage Loss Absorption: In absorption. a small saturated zone exist round the canal section and is surrounded by zone of decreasing saturation. Pranamesh Chakraborty .

there exists an unsaturated soil zone between two saturated zones. Seepage Loss Absorption: Thus. This result in seepage loss. Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Canal Lining Pranamesh Chakraborty .

 No seepage of water into adjacent land or roads: If canal banks are highly permeable. Advantages of Lining  Water Conservation: Lining a canal results in reduction in water losses. the seepage of water will cause very wet or waterlogged conditions. or even standing water on adjacent fields or roads. as water losses in unlined irrigation canals can be high. Lining of such a canal can solve this problem. Pranamesh Chakraborty .

the canal cross-section for a lined canal can be smaller than that of an unlined canal. and thus the flow velocity will be higher in the lined canal . with the higher velocity.  Removal of weeds and water canals. Advantages of Lining (Contd.  Reduced maintenance: Maintenance costs for the following issues are eliminated using lining of canals.  Periodical removal of silt deposited on the beds and sides of canals. uneven settlements of banks. Pranamesh Chakraborty .  Minor repairs like plugging of cracks. etc. Therefore.) Reduced canal dimensions: The resistance to flow of a lined canal is less than that of an unlined canal.

Types of lining Hard Surface Lining Earth Type Lining Cast Insitu Cement Compacted Earth Concrete Lining Lining Shotcrete or Plastic Soil Cement Lining Lining Cement Concrete Tile Lining or Brick Lining Asphaltic Concrete Lining Boulder Lining Pranamesh Chakraborty .

Cast In-Situ Concrete Lining Pranamesh Chakraborty .

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